Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has pulled yet another race card accusing TIME Magazine of racism for giving former Mayor Rahm Emanuel the cover and not her.
In an interview with Politico, the embattled Chicago Mayor suggested TIME magazine was racist for not depicting her as a strong mayor, saying if she weren’t a Black woman, she would have received a similar cover story.
Lightfoot’s remarks were quoted in a Politico piece highlighting the danger she’s in of becoming “the first Chicago mayor defeated in 40 years.”
“But a sitting mayor — particularly one with as much, yes, clout as the one in Chicago wields — should not be at risk of missing a runoff. That she is, her allies and adversaries alike say, is because she’s alienated so many Democrats with her mercurial style.”
When asked by Politico about her dwindling poll numbers, Lightfoot admitted she could have been better.
“Of course, you can’t have lived through what we lived through and say I did everything perfect. We made mistakes,’ Lightfoot said.
Lightfoot then claimed “she was judged more harshly as a Black woman,” Politico noted.
Mayor Lightfoot then attempted to explain how outlets go easier on controversial White male lawmakers by highlighting a TIME Magazine cover story on Rahm Emanuel that portrayed him as a “tough guy.”
“I remember Rahm Emanuel appearing on the cover of Time magazine, the headline was basically like: ‘Tough guy for Chicago.’ No woman or woman of color is ever going to get that headline,” she told Poltico.
The cover story Lightfoot was referencing was a TIME profile on the former Mayor from 2013.
The corresponding edition of the magazine featured Emanuel on the cover behind the words “Chicago Bull.”
Martin endorsed Lightfoot’s allegations of a double standard, writing, “That the first Black woman to be mayor of this racially fractured city is judged more harshly by some than her white male predecessors is self-evident, look no further than the racist and homophobic tweets [Paul] Vallas is now facing criticism for ‘liking.'”
Vallas is running against Lightfoot for Mayor and is “The one candidate in the nine-person field who’s certain to make the runoff,” Poltico noted.
Politico further hinted at a double standard by adding, “The only other woman elected mayor here, Jane Byrne, also happens to be the last mayor who was defeated.”
Lightfoot’s race card and identity politics usage cannot help her since she is a terrible Mayor.
Local radio host Ray Stevens summed up Lightfoot’s impending fate by simply stating, “I think Lori’s time is up.”
“Personally, I don’t [think she can pull off this race], but I’ve been wrong before as the polls have in the past,” he said earlier in the segment.
Stevens added that race would boil down to key issues like crime, not skin color or gender.
“Chicago has a rampant crime problem, and not only is it in Chicago, but its has reached the collar counties… crime, crime is going to be the issue in this election and, personally, what I’m hearing from my constituents, from listeners, is that it will come down to [Paul] Vallas [or] Brandon Johnson.”